Michelin set to return to the FIM Endurance World Championship

Michelin is pleased to announce that it will be returning to the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) when racing resumes after the interruption forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Its first outing will consequently be the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, France, at the end of August. Michelin plans to use its involvement in the FIM EWC to reaffirm its role as a leading player in motorcycle endurance racing which permits open competition between tyre brands.

Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 

2014 Dakar: A fourth Dakar triumph for Coma (KTM-Michelin)

After being forced to sit out the 2013 Dakar because of a shoulder injury, Marc Coma (KTM-Michelin) bounced straight back to the top to collect his fourth victory on this year’s event. His support rider Jordi Viladoms and Olivier Pain (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) joined him on the podium, while Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) was fourth.

It was the fifth day of this year’s Dakar that saw Coma deal a decisive knock-out blow thanks to some faultless navigation between Chilecito and Tucuman, while his rivals went astray. The stage win took him to the top of the order for the first time since the start and nobody succeeded in threatening his domination thereafter.

The Catalonian was fastest again on Legs 9 and 11, and survived to pick up his fourth Dakar victory in Valparaiso, Chile, today. “It’s an emotional moment for me and I want to savour it with all those who have helped me,” he said at the finish. “It took a lot of sacrifices and hard work to achieve this.”

As in 2013, he was joined on the podium by his support rider Jordi Viladoms who made it a one-two finish for KTM and Michelin. Olivier Pain’s excellent fortnight was rewarded with third place, his best Dakar result so far. He was also the best-placed Yamaha rider at the finish, ahead of this year’s favourite Cyril Despres.

The Frenchman suffered a variety of mechanical troubles and also took a one-hour penalty for missing a Way Point, which made it impossible for him to challenge for a sixth Dakar success after his switch to a new employer. Even so, he refused to throw in the towel and survived to salvage fourth spot, helped by three stage wins, including today’s (La Serena-Valparaiso).

Helder Rodrigues (Honda) had to settle for fifth overall, ahead of Poland’s Kuba Przygonski (KTM-Michelin). Joan Barreda (Honda-Michelin), winner of four stages this year, hit ill luck on the penultimate day. Just as second place appeared to a foregone conclusion, he fell and broke his fork 25km from the finish, falling back to seventh overall in the process.

Michelin runners won 12 of this year’s 13 stages and the French tyre maker went on to win the event for the 31st time.

Leg 13 – Positions:

1, Despres (Yamaha-Michelin). 2, Barreda (Honda-Michelin), +2m30s. 3, Pain (Yamaha-Michelin), +3m10s. 4, Rodrigues (Honda), +3m53s. 5, Pedredo (Sherco-Michelin), +4m5s. Etc.

Final overall positions:

1, Coma (KTM-Michelin). 2, Viladoms (KTM-Michelin), +1h52m27s. 3, Pain (Yamaha-Michelin), +2h0m3s. 4, Despres (Yamaha-Michelin), +2h5m38s. 5, Rodrigues (Honda), +2h11m9s. Etc.

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Da Costa strikes twice in Berlin for DS Techeetah/Michelin

Victory for Antonio Felix da Costa in this season’s first two Berlin E-Prix at the wheel of his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped DS E-TENSE FE20 has taken the Portuguese driver further clear at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings. Four more races are scheduled to take place at the German capital’s former Tempelhof Airport between now and August 13 to wrap up the 2019/2020 FIA Formula E Championship.

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MotoGP™: back-to-back Jerez glory for Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) picked where he left off at Jerez, Spain, last week to collect his second win of the year at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía. The second round of the 2020 MotoGPTM saw Yamaha monopolise the podium thanks to Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi who came second and third. The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick contributed to the establishment of a new lap record for the Spanish venue. 

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